After a week of voting, it is time to announce True To The Cru’s Basketball Players of the Year, which were voted on both by the media and the general public at the conclusion of phenomenal seasons for both the UMHB men’s and women’s basketball teams, who each went deep in the NCAA Tournament, making the tournament in the same year for the first time in school history.
BELTON- Reaching unprecedented success in the same season, three standouts from the UMHB men’s and women’s basketball teams were recognized nationally on Tuesday morning by D3hoops.com, named to the 2022 All-Region teams.
LEXINGTON, Kentucky- The UMHB women’s basketball team has been here before. In fact, the previous two times the NCAA Tournament has been held, the Crusaders have reached the Round of 16. But those teams were different from this year’s squad in one way: experience.
Veteran-laden teams in 2019 and 2020, the Cru had multiple seniors coming off both the bench and in the starting lineup. That is not the case on this year’s squad, which is made up of several young standouts, and features just four players who played on the last tournament team in 2020.
LONGVIEW- The shots were not falling for either team on Monday night.
So the defense took center stage, and the UMHB women’s basketball team proved it can win in more ways than one, holding LeTourneau to just five fourth-quarter points for a 57-39 road victory.
RICHARDSON- The last time UMHB and UT-Dallas battled, it took the Cru overcoming a seven-point deficit and an overtime period to decide the victor.
But on Sunday afternoon, in what UTD head coach Polly Thomason called “a matchup of two good game plans defensively”, UMHB led for 66 percent of the game, and perhaps more importantly, held the lead as the final buzzer sounded. No buzzer-beating shots, or late scoring runs necessary. UMHB earned the 55-46 victory, its 16th straight, and moved to 14-0 in ASC play.
BELTON, Texas- The UMHB women’s basketball team was shorthanded on Monday night, but that is where the unique depth of the Crusaders comes into play.
With leading rebounder Kaitlyn Kollmorgen and veteran guard Olivia Champion unavailable, head coach Mark Morefield turned to a number of talented, yet less-experienced players, as the team pulled out a 66-59 victory over Concordia (TX).